Breaking Down Mel Kiper and Todd McShay's Final Draft Projections for the Browns

David DeWitt@TheRevDeWittContributor IIIApril 23, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Dion Jordan of Oregon works out during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay couldn't have gone in more starkly different directions in their latest mock drafts for the Cleveland Browns.

Kiper has the Browns selecting Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan with the No. 6 pick, while McShay has gone out on a very tenuous limb in saying that the Browns will take Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert.

These predictions speak to the fact that nobody really knows what the Browns might do with their First Round selection.

This situation is exacerbated by the fact that the Browns already used their 2013 Second Round selection in last August's supplemental pick of Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Browns CEO Joe Banner said in the team's pre-draft press conference on that, by the time of the draft, they will have spoken to every other team in the league.

The implication weighs heavy that if the players they like at No. 6 aren't there, they will look to shop the pick to gather additional selections.

In this scenario, trading the pick makes sense; this is a new regime looking to put their stamp on the team.

They had a relatively active free agency period picking up OLB Paul Kruger and DE Desmond Bryant, but they've said repeatedly in interviews that in the end they'd like to build through the draft and the only way to do that is to have the picks.

Kiper Jr. explains his selection of Dion Jordan by saying, "A perfect fit for their scheme. If he gets here, I expect them to pounce." (

With Alabama CB Dee Milliner off the board in this mock, having gone to Detriot at No. 5, an edge pass rusher with the athletic punch of Jordan would surely be hard to resist.

Currently the Browns are counting on former DE in the 4-3, Jabaal Sheard, to make the transition to a 3-4 OLB. Sheard has never played linebacker at any level, but coach interviews on the team site indicate he is working hard and the transition is going well.

Nevertheless, if a talent like Jordan is available at No. 6, one could hardly blame the Browns for leaping at the opportunity.

In 2013 the Browns face quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler, plus Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger twice, as always. (

They will want to get after the quarterback. They will want to disrupt the QB and pound him into the dirt. A guy like Dion Jordan could go a long way toward helping to do that.

Todd McShay goes in quite a different direction.

The common wisdom seems to be that the Browns will go for defense. With pass rushers like Jordan possibly available, and a glaring hole at cornerback, defense has been the focus.

But in his latest, McShay throws TE Tyler Eifert up to land with the Browns. He admits No. 6 is the earliest he's mocked Eifert being drafted to date. (

It's no secret that Head Coach Rob Chudzinski and OC Norv Turner like to use the tight end position.

Chud was a college TE himself and Turner has worked very successfuly in San Diego with Antonio Gates.

The Browns picked up several role-playing tight ends in free agency, and look to continue to develop 2011 fourth-round selection Jordan Cameron.

The tight end position is important in this offense. Cameron has said after the first mini-camp that the Browns have him lining up all over the place.

Cameron has had decent success in limited opportunities in the pass game, but his weakness is seen in blocking.

Eifert has also been seen as a great passing target with questionable blocking, making it somewhat dubious whether the Browns would duplicate that set of strengths and weaknesses.

Many fans have only viewed Eifert so far as a possibility in a trade-down scenario, with the Browns picking up extra selections and taking him later in the First Round.

If the Browns truly believe that Eifert can make a big impact right away as a redzone receiving threat, it makes sense to just go ahead and take him at No. 6 if a trade doesn't seem possible.

Nevertheless, McShay's call still comes off as a bit of a stretch at this point.